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I use them, quite extensively.
I have all of the currently available pawn collections (Core Rulebook, Pact Worlds, Dead Suns, Against the Aeon Throne, Signal of Screams) and both Alien Archive boxes (and the pawns from the Beginner Box).
I use the ones from the Core Rulebook and Pact Worlds generally for player character pawns.
I use Against the Aeon Throne for that AP I'm running, and I'm going to use the Signal of Screams ones for that AP as well (starting sunday, took a while to get a party).
As for how I like them ... well I'm buying them still aren't I? I like them a lot.
I use and own all of them as well. There's a lot of them, the art is accurate for a wide variety of creatures as compared to minis which are often stand ins.
Also, all the sets out currently fit inside the two boxes that the alien archive sets came in, so they're easy to store.
They're absolutely amazing for running an AP, but also for coming up with quick one shots, you can page through a bestiary and grab the appropriate pawn.
Thank you. We used them quite a bit for PF. We don't have any yet for SF, so I ordered the set of 'Against the Aeon Throne' for starters. I'll be running that campaign after we finish up 'Dead Suns' (we're starting book 4 next week).
I'll get the SoS when we get to those after AtAT.
May look at the Core and AA pawns as well down the line.
I'm a big fan of the official pawns. They're easy on the budget (even compared to printing your own, if you compare the quantities and ink and worktime involved). They also don't take up crazy amounts of space. They're very portable. They're sortable (keep the cardboard roster they came in!).
I really prefer either an accurate pawn or even an empty base, to a wrong mini. Yesterday we were fighting troxes (humanoidish, bipedal, 10ft reach) but several times the tiger and unicorn stand-in mini had me thinking they'd clearly only have 5ft reach. An inaccurate mini is more confusing than an empty pawn base.
I have a large collection of Pathfinder and D&D pre-painted miniatures, which I prefer to use for fantasy RPGs. Even then, I still make use of Pathfinder pawns, I use them when a creature has been defeated. I remove the miniature from the map and place the appropriate pawn in its place (flat on the map). It's useful as a reminder that the space has become difficult terrain and it's easy for other miniatures to be positioned in that space (without having to try and balance miniatures on top of one another).
For Starfinder, I'm using Starfinder Pawns instead of miniatures. I still make use of the pawn when a creature has been defeated, I just remove it from the base and lie it flat on the map.
Pawns are a lot more cost effective than using sci-fi miniatures and they are a lot easier to come by thanks to the range Paizo already produce. While I prefer miniatures, even pre-painted ones, I like the Paizo pawns well enough to simple use them instead of miniatures.
Pawns are also easier to store and locate. I keep the original punch sheets in the Alien Archive Boxes and simply return the pawn to an empty slot on the sheets. There's also room to store the smaller pawn sets in the boxes as well (I keep the Core set in with AA1 and the Pact World set in with AA2).
I wish it was possible to obtain empty Pawn boxes (for both Starfinder and Pathfinder) to store the Adventure Path pawn sets.
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xris wrote:I wish it was possible to obtain empty Pawn boxes (for both Starfinder and Pathfinder) to store the Adventure Path pawn sets.I've found that if you stick them on top the box still works halfway closed. I have AA1, core, pact worlds, and dead suns in the AA1 box, and it works fine.
I've tried something like that, but I find two small sets in a box is about as much as I would like.
AA2+Pact Worlds+Against the Aeon Throne Pawns
This leaves Signal of Screams Pawns loose.
Even worse for my Pathfinder Pawns, not enough boxes. Still would prefer a new box (Paizo, hint, hint!!!)
I use them a lot... I own the Core Rule Book, Pact Worlds, Alien Archive 1 and 2, an the ones from the Dead Suns campaign. We are already in Book 5, so probably at the end of this campaign. we will start Against the Aeon Throne... however I'm thinking about the Attack of the Swarm... just don't know when the pawns are going to be released and I would prefer to DM that campaign with the panws. So yeah, we print our maps and we use always the pawns, they are nice, easy to transpot and cheaper than miniatures... specially because there are no Starfinder miniatures yet enough for a campaign... But now that the deal with Wizkids is done, I'm going to have to rethink if I want to keep DMing with pawns or miniatures. Personally, I think probably pawns since you can get always exactly the creatures you want.
I know the pawns are a good buy for the number, compared to minis. But I haven't gotten around to being ready to spend the money yet.
I have a big collection of pre-painted DnD minis and Star Wars minis. So, between those, I went through and took out all the iconic stuff that would be too distracting (no stormtroopers, vader, etc). Then I picked out minis that could pass for various Starfinder races and types and put them in bags like that.
The effect so far has been pretty decent. It's not the EXACT look, but it is in the ballpark enough.
By the way, the very few minis they let that other company make for Starfinder - are RIDICULOUSLY over-priced. No way I'm paying an average of 10 bucks/mini.